On September 23, 2012, a group of 40 individuals, many of them self-proclaimed couch potatoes, will take on an incredible feat—competing in an Olympic Triathlon. While some of teammates had competed in the Jarden Westchester Triathlon before, most of them are first-timers. Together, all of them have a higher goal in mind—to raise money to find a cure for blood cancers.
Skippy’s Team 3.0 consists mostly of members of the Young Israel of New Rochelle synagogue, who, for the third year, have decided to take on this challenge in memory of their dear friend, Stephen “Skippy” Lubofsky. Skippy lived in New Rochelle, New York with his wife Yael, and his three young children, Noam, Daniel, and Eliana. Stephen passed away on October 27, 2010 from complications resulting from a 13-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Stephen’s oldest son, Noam, was a member of Skippy’s Team 2.0, and will be participating in his second Olympic Triathlon at the age of 17 in memory of his father and in an effort to prevent another son from experiencing the loss he has experienced.